A couple of more parts arrived --- some notes from me:
- The Hella coolant level sender arrived.
- ACM Aftermarket Fan clutch also arrived. I couldn't bring myself to spend 6X the price of the ACM clutch for an MB OE clutch. I read all the threads on the board, and the threads all mentioned that the ACM clutch was consistent in that it would engage at the right (low) RPM and then consistently disengage at a high RPM (higher than stock). This was opposed to the findings that the OE clutch, as installed at the factory, seemingly was very inconsistent in its operation
- The ACM Fan clutch came packaged in a Borg Warner box. Interesting. As well, the bearings are made in China. This does not concern me at all as long as the brand (Borg Warner? ACM?) applies the right quality metrics. In my professional capacity, my company purchases products from China (some through Taiwan ODMs and some from Chinese companies directly) all the time. Some show truly fantastic quality and some leave a lot to be desired --- it all depends on how much effort my own company takes in monitoring the quality and what we allow to be sold under our own brand. As well, I have noticed a strong correlation to the price that my own company pays and the quality of the product that we receive. After all, some of the finest products in the world (think iPhone7, MacBooks, etc.) are manufactured in China. It is the brand / metrics / process that matters, not the country that the factory is located in.
- Finally, I received two plastic gears from www.brossautoparts.net via ebay. These were cheap - $6 each. They are supposed to replace the often stripped plastic gear inside the w124 rear sunshade. Apologies for referencing a banzworld thread but this thread is truly excellent in understanding how the gear mechanism works - http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140...de-issues.html . I have included two of the photos from banzworld -- the two photos with "2010" stamped in red are from banzworld. Anyways, my own curtain works fairly well --- up and down both work but at the very end of the downward travel, clicking starts and the sunshade kind of flops there on the rear deck, as if the spring is not strong enough to pull it back into the housing. One of these days I will get the motivation to take it all apart and see what is going on. The gears I got from brossautoparts came to me from Turkey via DHL. They don't look like they are the best things to ever be manufactured, but hey, it might be better than whatever is in there now. I just want the thing to work flawlessly and then I will never touch the button again.